Times: Today is Shushan Purim! Shabbat starts Friday night with candlelighting at 7:36pm; ends Saturday night at 8:32pm.
Early Shabbat candlelighting is between 6:40pm-6:45pm. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbos is Ki Tisa.

Purim: We had an outstanding Purim party yesterday with a packed boardroom and a very popular whisky bar. Thanks to everyone for coming!

Upcoming Events: Two more meditation sessions left to help you perform better at work as well as minimise distraction and anxiety. It is ideal for both experienced and inexperienced meditators alike. March 12th & March 19th. 1pm start time. Fee $10.00. Mercure Grand Hotel, 195 Swanston St (or enter from 265 Lt Bourke St) Lower Ground Floor, Harmony Room. We’d like to get an estimate of how many will attend, so RSVP admin@jbd.org.au but note that this is not required to secure a place.

Mincha in the CBD: Mincha continues daily at 2.02pm (Tues-Thurs next week) using the SMS system.

Study: Mon 12.30 @ East Melb Shule;
Wed shiur @ Billing Bureau;

Kosher Food in the CBD: Nifla Kosher Catering (KA Hechsher)
Offers Corporate Catering, specializing in individual and board room lunches. For further details visit www.nifla.com.au
10% Discount on your first website purchase. Enter promo code “FIRST TIME”.
Kosher sandwiches, muffins and salads are available at the following locations:
CUPP- Manchester Unity Building- Ground Floor-220 Collins Street
CBW EXPRESS-181 William Street.(Entrance Little Bourke St)
IN A RUSH CAFE-616 St Kilda Road-(Ground Floor-Lowe Lippmann Building)

Spot On (KA Hechsher)
Kosher sandwiches and snacks are available at the following location: 
PRONTO ON FLINDERS-335 Flinders Lane
Smoked salmon and cheese sandwich, Tuna sandwich,Cheese and salad sandwich, Egg and tomato sandwich. Natural yoghurt with berries and granola clusters, Mixed berry muffin, Seasonal fresh fruit salad, Pesto pasta salad (new), Greek salad (new).

Thought of the Week with thanks to Rabbi Dovid Gutnick“I change my opinion when I discover new facts” … said no one ever.

The story is of two protagonists staring at something moving in the tree. One says its a cat; the other says it’s a bird. Suddenly there’s a fluttering and the shape flies off into the distance. The one who opined that it was a cat is amazed. “Wow!” he says. “If I hadn’t seen this I would never have believed a cat could fly.”

In this week’s Torah portion G-d took a pretty strong stand that he would destroy the Jewish people for their recalcitrance over the golden calf. Moses presents a series of evocative and persuasive arguments for G-d to spare the Jewish people. G-d reconsiders and accedes to Moshe’s request.

Next time you are going at it hammer and tongs with someone on Facebook over some weighty and vital subject matter consider emulating G-d from this week’s parshah and writing this: “I have considered your views and facts and have decided to reconsider and adopt your view.” You will probably get a “Like” from G-d.

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